Diesel Particulate Filter

Diesel particulate filter problems: How to solve them

A diesel particulate filter (DPF) is an effective means of minimising emissions of dangerous fine particles in exhaust emissions. But, in reality, DPFs are a band-aid remedy, and bring with them a whole new range of expensive, annoying and inconvenient problems. However, there is already a simple, low cost solution available, which addresses the root cause of these problems. What is required is to clean up the fuel burn, rather than “after treat” it with a diesel particulate filter! This [...]

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Engine Sludge…Act quickly, or it’ll kill your engine.

Engine Sludge…Act quickly! Or it’ll kill your engine! “Engine sludge is on the top of the agenda again…”Sludge affects both petrol and diesel engines, and is surprisingly common. Sludge is a gooey, tarlike deposit that reduces or shuts off oil circulation and can mean thousands of dollars to repair or replace an engine that has seized. Sludge also directly causes oil consumption, power loss, high fuel consumption, oil pressure problems, hard starting, blow by and overheating. The problem is well [...]

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Dirty injectors are one of the many signs of common rail diesel problems

Common rail diesel problems: how to understand and resolve them

Common rail diesels have been with us for 10 years now, and there’s no sign of their problems abating! Almost all common rail diesel problems are expensive. This makes preventative maintenance a very valuable investment indeed for your vehicle. Since so many of our customers own common rail diesels, Jimmy and I thought we should help you to identify and understand the sorts of problems regularly encountered. That then makes it a lot easier for you to decide what action [...]

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Improved fuel efficiency , Fuel Savings

Improved Fuel Efficiency government approved testing

Over the years many of our customers tell us that after running Cost Effective Products through their vehicles and equipment they actually “run better than new!”(including noticeably improved fuel efficiency). Well, they’re dead right! And now, here’s the proof… It stands to reason that if you clean up a dirty engine, it’ll probably run better, right? But, what about a brand new vehicle – is it possible to achieve Improved Fuel Efficiency? To answer this question, we spent hours researching what type of [...]

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How to fix low compression in a Toyota engine

Fix low compression on a Toyota engine

At CEM, one of the most common problems we get asked about is stuck rings, and how to fix low compression on an engine. So when we saw this old 1997 Toyota Corolla on its way to the wreckers, we though this could be an easy save! This Toyota Corolla has 207,000 kms on the clock, and had received absolutely NO servicing for the last 4 years. The first step was to establish a baseline by way of a compression [...]

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kill diesel growth with FTC Decarbonizer

Kill diesel growth with FTC Decarbonizer

Don’t allow fungi, bacteria and moulds to grow in your diesel fuel and cause serious engine damage! The safe, fast and easy way to kill diesel growth is with FTC Decarbonizer added to the fuel. FTC Decarbonizer is extremely effective in killing both the live organisms, and the highly resistant spores. It then dehydrates the slimy mass. As a result little, or no fuel filter clogging occurs after treatment. This is a big plus, when compared to most conventional biocides! How [...]

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How to fix flooded vehicles and machinery

How to fix flooded vehicles and machinery

Been caught in the recent floods and need to know how to fix flooded vehicles and machinery? By following our step-by-step instructions on how to fix flooded vehicles and machinery, you can save engines, transmissions and other components from flood water damage! The key to recovering engines, transmission, diffs and other components from water damage is to coat the metal surfaces with a hydrophobic (water repelling), anti-corrosive coating as soon as possible! Cost Effective Maintenance have the right products and advice to [...]

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stops injector rattles, cleans common rail diesel injectors

Don’t replace your common rail injectors …

Before you give the go ahead for a new set of common rail injectors your first response should always be to restore full cleanliness and fortify injector lubrication. This will determine which injectors, if any, really need replacing. Using CRD Fuel Enhancer allows you to do this. Have you just been told to replace your common rail injectors ? Well, in over 80% of cases they don’t need to be replaced! Injectors can certainly malfunction, but that does not mean they [...]

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avoding engine blowby

Engine Blowby problems, most don’t need a rebuild!

Engine Blowby problems or Cylinder “Blow-by” (excessive crankcase pressure) is a common and worrying problem encountered by most truckies at some stage in their career. Concern is certainly justified, as it typically means an expensive engine rebuild is necessary, and this is usually recommended by mechanics and dealers. But, according to Brisbane based Cost Effective Maintenance, wear is not the most common cause of  blowby. Piston ring deposits, sufficient to cause fouling in the ring groove, and/or cylinder glaze account [...]

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overheating problems

Nissan Patrol & Landcruiser Overheating Problems

Time and time again, we are contacted by customers who have overheating problems with their diesel engines that they cannot rectify. Many have spent $3000 to $4000 on big core radiators, new water pumps, thermostats, fan hubs, chemical cleaning and more, yet have not fixed the problem. The typical pattern is that their engines run hot under load (eg towing a trailer, going up a range, higher cruising speeds), rather than idling in traffic. As soon as they back off the [...]

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